Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why Moms Need Jesus

Lately I've been thinking about the fact that being a parent means that you're also a teacher.


God has given Nicholas to Brian and I, as a gift. He has been entrusted to us to take care of in the short time that he's a kiddo. One day Nicholas will be grown and will make all of his own choices. But when he's still little enough to fit under my wing, it's my job to instruct him. It's my role to teach him how to be a God-serving, people-loving man. Kind of strikes the fear of God into my heart. By kind of, I mean it completely strikes the fear of God into my heart.


We have the opportunity to teach our kids almost everything. How to eat, how to go to the bathroom, how to say thank you. How to respond when you're upset, how to ride a bike, how to problem solve. And along with all the good stuff I can teach my kids, I'll probably teach them some bad things too...like how to have a short temper. Or what a bad attitude looks like. Or how to eat massive amounts of ice cream in one sitting. The fact is that my life, and my husband's life, will be constantly monitored by our kiddos. They will watch us and learn by what we do. And don't do. When I think about the privilege and duty that this is, I am excited and I'm definitely reminded of how much I need Jesus.

I'm so thankful for the grace of God. I'm so grateful that though Brian and I will mess up, God's love covers a multitude of sins. I'm so happy that God loves my son intensely more than I ever could (though that's hard to imagine, since I love him so stinkin' much!). And I'm praying, daily, that Nicholas will choose Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Jesus is the best Father, the perfect model, and the most loving friend. If Nicholas can follow His example, I'll have one amazing son.

In the short amount of time that Nicholas will live under my roof, I pray that he'll see Jesus in Brian and I. And that I'll be really good at saying "I'm sorry." And that one day, I can thank God for shaping his life as I feebly attempted to teach him. Lord, help me.

7 comments:

  1. I worry about this daily as well and it has kept me up at night. As my oldest grows, I question myself more and more but can only hope by God's grace that I'll be the role model they both deserve!

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  2. I love this post cause I have no idea what I would do without the love, reassurance and encouragement of Jesus every single day.

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  3. Yeah, its a pretty scary thought! How cool is it that God actually entrusts us with that big of a job!

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  4. You are so right, MacKenzie......it is an awesome responsibility to be entrusted with Nicholas' little life. Your heart is to guide and train him in God's ways, and that does not go unnoticed by those around you. And in eighteen years, or twenty, or thirty or more, you will look back and say that you must have done something good and right. As the mom now of three adult daughters, there is no greater blessing than to look at their lives and see Jesus working in and through them! You and Brian are doing a great job of teaching Jesus' ways!

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  5. Wow, you are such an incredible mama and so sweet and humble. I look up to you and hope to have your same heart if the Lord blessed me with children someday! :)

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  6. great post! my husband and i were just having a conversation similar to this the other night. i was feeling discouraged about being a stay at home mom but my husband reminded me of how important my job is-raising our son up to follow God. oh how we need Him!

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  7. Beautiful post! I think that's what makes parenting such a daunting task sometimes. You want to be sure you're teaching and showing them the right things SO much! Thanks for sharing!

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